Markets in everything but not yet?

by on August 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

Could digital books could produce [a] class of "pro readers" so insightful you pay to download their notes?

That's a tweet from Andrew Hazlett.

JackTrade August 4, 2009 at 12:53 pm

And maybe their notes might come with some sort of distinctive yellow & black motif…

john August 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

No. But Cliff’s Notes and that crowd could find themselves where the MSM is right now, where people giving it away for free kind-a hurts your print, pay-model.

Alex Golubev August 4, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I’d pay for that over a book. It makes all the sense for non-fiction in this tweeting youtube advertising world. I’ve written short summaries of books on myspace for my friends, because noone has time anymroe, but we all still want to learn. Not to mention, most books have a ton of redundant, repetitive, self-serving, self-promoting cr4p. Look at “Black Swan”. Great ideas are inversely proportional to how far in the book you are, particularly since the 2nd half is a recap of his earlier book on randomness.

Andy August 4, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I didn’t realize “Black Swan” had *any* great ideas. And I even read it all the way through.

Doc Merlin August 4, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Um, this already happens and has for years.

conchis August 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I wonder whether it would work on a subscription model. I would totally subscribe to Herb Gintis’ notes.

anon August 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm

My preference is a good diverse study group in addition to someone else’s notes, pro or otherwise.

ck August 4, 2009 at 5:52 pm

FWIW, SparkNotes are very good.

dollymix August 4, 2009 at 7:00 pm

The collected William Blake book I have includes his margin notes on Swinburne, among others I think. I didn’t pay much for those pages but I did pay for them.

Troy Camplin August 6, 2009 at 12:15 am

I wish that would start. Maybe I could make a living at that. Being an unemployed Ph.D. isn’t any fun.

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